Oct. 31, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Three University of Missouri soccer student-athletes earned postseason honors, as announced by the Big 12 Conference on Monday. Sophomore Alyssa Diggs was named to the All-Big 12 first team, sophomore Dominique Richardson earned a spot on the second team and freshman Kaysie Clark was a unanimous selection to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team.
Diggs, a native of Coppell, Texas, ranked second on the Tigers this season with 12 points on four goals and four assists while starting 16 games at forward during her sophomore campaign. She posted a .607 shot on goal percentage and notched the game-winner in Mizzou's 2-0 win over TCU on Sept. 4. In her career, Diggs has compiled 19 points on six goals and seven assists.
Richardson earned her second team accolades after a strong sophomore season where she started all 19 games at midfield and scored five goals for 10 total points. The Fullerton, Calif., native notched three game-winning goals for the Tigers in 2011, including against then-No.7 Ohio State on Aug. 26. She has started all 38 games in her career and has eight goals and three assists for 19 points.
A native of Liberty, Mo., Clark was a unanimous Big 12 All-Newcomer Team honoree after starting all 19 games at midfield and recording nine points on two goals and a team high five assists. Against No. 17 Texas A&M on Sept. 30, Clark notched the game-winner on her first collegiate goal. The freshman finished the regular season strong as all nine of her points came in Mizzou's final seven games.
Diggs, Richardson, Clark and the rest of the Tigers open Big 12 Championship play on Wednesday, Nov. 2 against Baylor at 2 p.m. The match will be streamed live for free on www.Big12sports.com.
2011 ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE SOCCER AWARDS
(Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players or him/herself)
Coach of the Year: Colin Carmichael, Oklahoma State
Offensive Player of the Year: Kelley Monogue, Texas A&M, Fr., McKinney, Texas
Defensive Player of the Year: Melinda Mercado, D, Oklahoma State, Sr., Sapulpa, Okla.
Rookie of the Year: Kelley Monogue, Texas A&M, Fr., McKinney, Texas
ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
GK: Adrianna Franch*, Oklahoma State
D: Melinda Mercado, Oklahoma State
D: Carson Michalowski, Oklahoma State
D: Rachel Lenz, Texas A&M
MF: Elizabeth Delozier, Oklahoma State
MF: Merritt Mathias, Texas A&M
MF: Beth West, Texas A&M
F: Ingrid Vidal, Kansas
F: Krista Lopez, Oklahoma State
F: Kelley Monogue, Texas A&M
U: Alyssa Diggs, Missouri
ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM
GK: Alexa Gaul, Texas
D: Nina Frausing Pederson, Texas
D: Jaelene Hinkle, Texas Tech
D: Meghan Streight, Texas A&M
MF: Liana Salazar, Kansas
MF: Kyndall Treadwell, Oklahoma State
MF: Lexi Harris, Texas
F: Whitney Berry, Kansas
F: Hannah Higgins, Texas
F: Taylor Lytle, Texas Tech
U: Megan Marchesano, Oklahoma State
U: Dominique Richardson, Missouri
(a tie at the utility position created a 12-member All-Big 12 Second Team)
BIG 12 ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
GK: Victoria Essen, Texas Tech
D: Miriam Rhinehart, Oklahoma State
D: Meghan Streight*, Texas A&M
D: Jaelene Hinkle*, Texas Tech
MF: Liana Salazar, Kansas
MF: Kaysie Clark*, Missouri
MF: Brooke Gilbert, Texas
F: Ingrid Vidal*, Kansas
F: Taylor Knaack, Texas
F: Kelley Monogue, Texas A&M U: Annie Kunz, Texas A&M
* - unanimous selection
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